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The Best Things to Do in Hahndorf

The German-inspired town of Hahndorf can be found in the rolling scenery of the Adelaide Hills. Founded back in the 19th century by a group of Lutheran settlers, it is most prominent for the German culture that imbues its tree-lined streets. Featuring a fascinating slice of local history and a hearty dose of European food, drink, and merriment, Hahndorf has a menu of fun things for visitors to get stuck into. There are museums and art galleries, wineries and beautiful scenery, and everything in between. Here’s how to enjoy the village at its best. 1. Explore its German past The […]


Visiting Beerenberg Strawberry Farm

The Adelaide Hills are a haven for food and drink lovers with a penchant for beautiful views. Here, history is entwined with local culture, with quaint towns that pepper the swathes of greenery. Beerenberg Farm sits in the Adelaide Hills and has become one of the most popular attractions in the entire country. The products farmed, produced, and sold here can now be seen in countries all over the world. The farm itself uses only fresh, local ingredients to make products like jams, marmalades, and condiments, all of which are on sale in the onsite farm store. Based in the […]


Viewing Adelaide from Colonel Light’s Lookout

Set on a hill overlooking Adelaide, Colonel Light’s lookout harks back to the fascinating history of the region. The lookout, which can be found on Montefiore Hill, was named after Colonel William Light, who was the founding father of Adelaide and, in summer of 1837, he was chosen to select and survey the site for the city. In memory of Colonel Light and the part he played in Adelaide’s history, a life-size statue of him now stands proud at the top of the hill having been moved from its original location in Victoria Square. It was moved back in 1938 […]


Things to Do at the Bridgewater Mill and Waterwheel

Adelaide is full of historic spots, including the Bridgewater Mill and Waterwheel. Set in the charming town of Bridgewater in the rambling scenery of the Adelaide Hills, this old mill dates back to 1860 when it was built by John Dunn, a mill engineer from Devonshire. He built a number of flour mills throughout Australia, but the Bridgewater Mill is by far his most famous. Situated on Mount Barker Road, the mill boasts an impressive working waterwheel which was built back in the mid 1800s. Dunn chose this particular spot for the mill because it was a prime hotspot for […]


Discovering the St Francis Xavier Cathedral

Set in Adelaide, the St Francis Xavier Cathedral is a prominent landmark in the city. The Romanic Catholic cathedral has been built in a Gothic Revival style from the Early English era. Today, it stands at 36 metres high and measures 56.5 metres in length. It dates back to 1856, but real construction on the tower didn’t begin until 1887. Despite the early start, it wasn’t finished until 1996, more than one hundred years later. Special Features of St Francis Xavier Cathedral Like most of the cathedrals in Australia, the St Francis Xavier Cathedral boasts a number of memorable features […]


The Historic Charm of the Hahndorf Inn

The Hahndorf Inn brings a hearty dose of historic charm to Adelaide. Set in a two-storey hotel that dates back to 1863, it boasts exposed stone walls and a rustic wood-panelled ceiling. As well as offering comfortable rooms, it serves up hearty German food that harks back to Hahndorf’s days as a German settlement. The Inn is more than 150 years old, bringing over a century of history to the hustle and bustle of modern-day city life. It’s a family-run venture that sells authentic products that have been imported from independent suppliers in both Bavaria and Austria. Set on the […]


What to See in Victoria Square

Victoria Square is a famous public square in the city of Adelaide. Also known as Tarntanyangga, it is home to some of the city’s most prestigious buildings. It sits at the centre of Adelaide’s grid-like structure and is bordered by a number of important edifices, including the Supreme Court of South Australia, the old Treasury building, and the General Post Office. To the east of the square, you’ll find the Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St Francis Xavier and the State Government offices, while to the west, there are a selection of commercial buildings, like the Adelaide Central Market and […]


The Wines of the Piccadilly Valley

Sitting snug between the pretty town of Summertown to the north and Sterling and Aldgate to the south, the Piccadilly Valley forms an important part of the wine sub-region in South Australia. In the south, the Mount Lofty Ranges soar skywards, creating an impressive backdrop filled with incredible scenery and a range of things to do. To the east, Adelaide City centre unfolds in a bustling show of culture and charm. The region makes up the Adelaide Hills wine region as well as the Mount Lofty Ranges zone. For many years, the Piccadilly Valley was known as a market gardening […]


The Lutherans of Hahndorf

Hahndorf offers a slice of German history in the arms of the Adelaide Hills. Here, history meets quaint design in the numerous traditional pubs, eateries, and buildings that line the streets. The town itself sits pretty in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, just 28 kilometres from the hustle and bustle of Adelaide’s city centre. Before the German settlers came and made it their own, it belonged to native inhabitants and dated back 2400 years to when the Peramangk Aboriginal people named the area Bukartilla, after the nearby swimming hole that flowed into the Onkaparinga River. When the European settlers […]


Culture and Creativity at the Adelaide Film Festival

The vibrant city of Adelaide bursts with cultural colour throughout the year, bringing anyone on Adelaide city tours a roster of fun events, from art exhibitions, to live performances and lively festivals. Taking place every two years, the Adelaide Film Festival forms an important part of the city’s cultural calendar, bringing the world’s best-loved films from well-known and emerging directors to screens and venues around the city. Held for two weeks during October, the festival will take place between the 5th and 15th of October this year. During this time, visitors will have the chance to attend exclusive screenings, watch […]